Artists reveal their favourite TV shows


1Charlie Fink, Noah And The Whale: Twin Peaks.

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Charlie Fink, Noah And The Whale: Twin Peaks. "Dale Cooper is my favourite fictional character. I basically think it’s the greatest thing ever created. In fact, I’d probably put that as the greatest work of art. It’s just a masterpiece."

2Frankie Francis, Heartstrings: Twin Peaks (again).

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Frankie Francis, Heartstrings: Twin Peaks (again). “It’s television like I’ve never seen before. I got the boxset of that show and I thought, ‘Oh, this is weird’, but imagine that being out at the time! It’s incredible; the characters are so well developed you don’t know which way the plot’s gonna go.”

3Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets: The Decalogue.

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Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets: The Decalogue. “There are 10 episodes, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, and each one is based on one for the 10 Commandmets. They’re all set on a different floor in a council estate block in Warsaw in the 1980s, all shot in Polish and subtitled. It’s pretty grim viewing – a very intriguing mixture of morality play and kitchen-sink drama.”

4Freddie Cowan, The Vaccines: The Young Ones.

Freddie Cowan, The Vaccines: <i>The Young Ones</i>.
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Freddie Cowan, The Vaccines: The Young Ones. “I don’t actually watch much TV, but if I had to choose I’d pick The Young Ones. It’s a different level of humour, totally. It’s classic!”

5Miles Kane: Deadwood.

Miles Kane: <i>Deadwood</i>.
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Miles Kane: Deadwood. “It’s really good. Ian McShane’s in it, and he was [‘80s TV detective and antiques dealer] Lovejoy, so I didn’t expect him to be good, but he’s amazing.”

6Mark Foster, Foster The People: the original Get Smart.

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Mark Foster, Foster The People: the original Get Smart. “It’s just brilliant. Don Adams was just unbelievable. It was so creative. It was a really creative show for the ‘60s, and it opened up a lot of doors for avant-garde comedy to come out of that world.”

7Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: Breaking Bad.

Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: <i>Breaking Bad</i>.
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Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: Breaking Bad. “For comedy, it’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, but overall it has to be Breaking Bad. It’s so detailed I can’t stop watching it. I have to wait until they’re all available to buy. It would be so painful if I had to watch it on TV each week and then I’d have a seven-day wait and it would be on my mind all the time!”

8Richard Hawley: Family Guy.

Richard Hawley: Family Guy. “Sometimes I’ll come down to the living room late at night and sit there with a guitar on my lap, writing songs, and put the TV on, as a kind of distraction. Family Guy is a great thing to watch in that context. It’s got a very high joke rate. I particularly enjoyed the episode where Stewie takes steroids.”

9Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem: Desperate Housewives.

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Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem: Desperate Housewives. “I love that show, because those girls are so evil! My wife would just be watching it, and I was like, ‘Woah! These people are killing each other!’ On the road we watch The Mighty Boosh. We have so many copies, we have them in different country codes.”

10Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari: South Park.

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Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari: South Park. "It’s just spot on every time. When I first got into it it was the ridiculousness that got me in, but then it just kept me involved. It’s perfect, it’s hilarious."

11J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "It seems awesome somehow. I like the way they’re living in this doomed town and they have to fight off all this crazy stuff the whole time. Somehow it speaks to me."

12Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes: Jon Benjamin Has A Van.

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Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes: Jon Benjamin Has A Van. "It’s about this news reporter – he has his own show, and basically he makes up his own news programme. So he interviews people about weird stuff and just runs around town getting into trouble. He’s trying to make it in the news world but he’s just really bad."

13David Maclean, Django Django: The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer.

David Maclean, Django Django: <i>The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer</i>.
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David Maclean, Django Django: The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer. It’s old now but nothing has really surpassed it for me since. I was really into Monty Python growing up – the idea of art and surrealism combined in comedy really ticked all my boxes. When I discovered Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out and this show, I knew they had arrived to take up the mantle."

14Xavier De Rosnay, Justice: Columbo.

Xavier De Rosnay, Justice: <i>Columbo</i>.
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Xavier De Rosnay, Justice: Columbo. "For me, Columbo is the ultimate cop show. I recently bought it on DVD and it still holds up. It’s dubbed in French, of course, and the dubbing is very good. It may sound weird, but any movies with Harrison Ford, any movies with Michael J Fox, and believe it or not, The Simpsons all sound a lot better when they’re dubbed in French."

15Jamie Smith, The XX: Misfits.

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Jamie Smith, The XX: Misfits. "It’s really well filmed and it’s a fun storyline. And it’s British. If I could have one of their powers, it would probably be invisibility. I’d probably do the same things I do normally, only invisible."

16Rebecca Taylor, Snow Club: Eastenders.

Rebecca Taylor, Snow Club: <i>Eastenders</i>.
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Rebecca Taylor, Snow Club: Eastenders. "I’m addicted. I fancy, like, every male character apart from Ian Beale. With iPlayer and Sky+ I’ve probably not missed an episode since about… 2007?! Even though sometimes it’s a bit shit, I stick with it, I get through it. My dream is to be a soap actress so I’m learning. It’s research, I think."

17B-Real, Cypress Hill: The Sopranos.

B-Real, Cypress Hill: The Sopranos. "The storylines were crazy – I’ve read a lot of books on mobsters, gangsters and the Mafia and all that stuff. When that series came out you often wondered how close to reality they were, and it was pretty entertaining, it seemed real enough. Sons Of Anarchy takes over the void that The Sopranos left, that underworld element."

18Daniel Blumberg, Yuck: Dekalog by Kieslowski.

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Daniel Blumberg, Yuck: Dekalog by Kieslowski. "It was originally made for Polish television. It’s a series of 10 one-hour films that are loosely based on the 10 Commandments. I remember buying A Short Film About Killing in a charity shop and then later finding out that it was part of this series. Each one stands alone and they’re all incredibly beautiful."

19Mark Stoermer, The Killers: Metalocalypse.

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Mark Stoermer, The Killers: Metalocalypse. "It’s got elements of… Spinal Tap and it has original music made by the creator. I have a dark sense of humour and can relate to an exaggeration of what it is to be in a band. Some of it hits home – it’s one of the cleverest shows I’ve seen in a while."

20Jesse Hughes, Eagles of Death Metal: Magnum PI.

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Jesse Hughes, Eagles of Death Metal: Magnum PI. "It’s either Fawlty Towers or Magnum PI. I guess Magnum PI, because he has an amazing tickler of love, called a moustache."

21Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers: Deadwood.

Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers: <i>Deadwood</i>.
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Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers: Deadwood. "I especially like the script – it’s just unreal. I love the character development and I love the way it’s shot. I even like the way it sounds."

22Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp: Freaks and Geeks.

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Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp: Freaks and Geeks. "I go through phases. When we were writing the album we watched all of My So-Called Life, because Jeremy had never seen it before. We also love Freaks and Geeks. I’m doing research at the moment on teen fiction so I’ve been ‘researching’ Sweet Valley High. It’s so awful, shocking in fact, but god I love it."